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Monmouth College Named to National Honor Roll for Its Work with Community College Students

Monmouth College has been recognized as one of the nation’s most transfer-friendly schools for community college students. The College has been named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2021 Transfer Honor Roll. Phi Theta Kappa is the leading academic honorary society for students at two-year institutions. Monmouth is one of 150 colleges and universities named to the…
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Downstate Rep. Brady Says Lawmakers Could Improve Crime Bill Through Amendments

As Gov. Pritzker signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill on Tuesday, one state lawmaker says some areas of the legislation have room for improvement. State Rep. Dan Brady says House bill 3653 has some positives, but lawmakers could improve some areas of the bill through amendments. The Bloomington Republican said he’s disappointed in Gov.…
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Seniors Can Ride for Free with Warren County Public Transportation

As more places begin to open back up, Warren County Public Transportation offers $1 rides to anywhere in Monmouth and the opportunity to travel to other surrounding towns, says President and CEO Rick Barnhill: “One of the things with the transportation is we want to be able to provide transportation in all of our communities…
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Local Monmouth McDonald’s Owner Trina Gendron Blessed to be Returning Back to Normal

Many restaurants are beginning to recover from the mitigations and shutdowns that occurred during the height of the pandemic.  Local McDonald’s owner Trina Gendron says March, April and May were pretty scary last year but some normalcy is starting to return: “It is crazy to look back that long. Definitely March, April, May were really…
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Riding Lessons offered at Irish Hills Academy

Irish Hill Academy in Cameron will begin offering riding lessons in mid-march. Lessons are typically 30 minutes and in small groups for children as young as three years old, shares owner Rebecca Curry: “What we teach is basically equitation so we teach people how to correctly ride and we are geared toward the show ring…
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Arrest Made in Connection with Stabbing in Galesburg

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, the Galesburg Police Department responded to St. Mary’s ER in reference to a stabbing victim. Upon arrival, it was found that a 54 year old male had suffered a stab wound to the left side of his back.  The victim indicated that he had been stabbed by Junior A. Wallace,…
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If You Need to Enroll in Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, Contact the Strom Center

Monmouth area residents are able to utilize the Strom Center to enroll in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as well as gather answers to which supplements for prescription drug programs work best for you. Executive Director, Carol McCrery explains that right now there have been challenges with Medicare Part D programs: “They get a letter…
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Area legislators not happy that Governor signed criminal justice reform bill

Gov. JB Pritzker today signed a massive criminal justice reform bill.   State Representative Dan Swanson (R-Alpha) voted against the measure and said today’s signing makes it a bad day for the state of Illinois.  The bill, which is over 700 pages in length and was approved in the last seconds of the just completed legislative…
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Warren Achievement Center President/CEO Rick Barnhill Shares Community Day Program is Re-Opening March 17th

On March 17th, the Warren Achievement Community Day Program will be re-opening on a limited basis. President and CEO Rick Barnhill shared the re-opening is one year to date of when the day program was first shutdown due to the coronavirus: “We tried re-opening once before, but we had a COVID outbreak and so we…
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Knox County’s DJ Cain One of Two to Represent IL 4-H National Ag Day Student Leadership Program

Two teens will represent Illinois 4-H at the 2021 National Ag Day Student Leadership Program. This program of the Agriculture Council of America prepares and engages young people to raise awareness of the importance of the agricultural industry and its impact on our nation’s society and economy. DJ Cain of Knox County and Julia Heller of Ogle County will…
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WIU President appreciative of Governor’s commitment to education

During Wednesday’s budget address by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Governor proposed flat funding for higher education, which would result in Western Illinois University’s FY22 higher education state appropriation remaining level at $49.6 million upon approval by the Illinois General Assembly.WIU President Guiyou Huang said quote “During these challenging budgetary times, particularly in the midst…
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ISP release name in Fatal accident in Warren County

The ISP has released the name this morning of the 18-year-old that was killed after his vehicle was struck by a garbage truck Monday afternoon in Warren County. The Illinois State Police indicates around 12:45pm, 18-year-old Christopher A. Cuvar from Knoxville was traveling westbound on Illinois 164, about a half mile west of 40th Street.…
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